MMQB Mail: Falcons rely on young 'D', and a fantasy sleeper in Seattle
I think Ryan has got a chance to be a
I trust Dimitroff and Smith will figure out how to fix a bad defense. The Falcons were a nice Cinderella story last year, fueled by the precocious Ryan. But an offense that exploded (259 points in 2007, 391 in 2008) hid the league's 24th-rated unit, and in the offseason, Dimitroff did major surgery.
Dimitroff knew he was taking a chance in jettisoning vets
An asterisk: Newly signed
"What's exciting is we can get some real speed out there this year,'' said Dimitroff. "People look at our team and say, 'You're missing five starters on defense.' Do I regret it? No. We might take a step back at first, but we'll gain experience and continue to grow.''
The key is going to be pressure from Abraham, coming off a career year, and the underachieving Anderson, because Houston and Grimes (and probable nickel Hill) are not great cover guys. The Falcons open against three veteran quarterbacks from two 2008 playoff teams -- Miami, Carolina, at New England -- so we'll see if the Falcons can come together as a young defense quickly.
Coming out of Penn State,
Since then, there's been nothing ordinary about Butler, who has worked his way into Seattle's four-receiver sets, likely to be at least 25 percent of the Seahawks' offense. And with the likelihood of Seattle opening in a three-wide look much of the time, and with the recent injury history of receivers in Seattle, don't be surprised to see Butler, who has become an early favorite of
In the first series of Seattle's second preseason game against Denver, Butler beat starting corner
Butler's a perfect guy to use your last-round fantasy pick on, if you haven't already drafted. If you have, I'd pick him up on waivers. He's got the kind of deep speed that could make him a touchdown machine, even in limited play, because defense are going to get magnetized by
"He didn't have great stats in college because Penn State's obviously not a passing school,'' said
"I want to be known as a complete receiver, not just a speed guy,'' Butler told me.
Kid, stick with Hasselbeck. He's going to give you your chance.
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That won't be the reason why football works or doesn't in Europe.
Well, I don't see any of the three being above .500, and I'm sure I'm not alone there. I think the troubling ones are Kansas City and Tampa Bay because these were new coaches and administrations interviewing candidates and settling on two experienced coaches,
Almost nothing. NFL people don't want the show to be spoiled. There's a big weekend coming up, and a big season, and woe be the person who rains on the NFL's shiny parade.
I think because
A reader from Norway! Hooray! Leif, the way I look at that one is pretty simple: If you sign a contract to buy anything, and for whatever reason you renege on the deal, the people you signed the contract with have every right to come after their money. It's often hard to defend Dan Snyder, buy I can't kill him on this one. He has massive debt service on his stadium, and he relies on X amount of dollars coming in every year from people who have signed contracts to buy seats and pay down that debt service.
Point well made.
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